During the last attempt (then it opened without locking up) I did these things:
Copied the files from control panel, mail, something I forget at moment then I saw 4 files that I copied and moved to external hard drive.
I then deleted all the files in the above mentioned that my system would allow me to. I believe there was one that I could not.
Then I ran a search for scanpst.exe and used the oldest of the two that were found on my c drive. The other attempts I used the most recent. The one I used last time was associated with i386 (I think).
The scanpst worked this time.
I then tried to open outlook. It was missing the pst file and gave me option to find it. I linked it to the external drive.
Then it opened!
Above I am trying to give you my BEST recollection and I apologize if I either forgot a step or have it in the wrong order. I've been working on this for HOURS on end since the 26th and I've tried so many remedies and read so much things are a little blurry now.
Are you saying I can copy in the old pst file and name it "anything i like.pst"? Then it may be accessible through outlook?
Sorry, I am confused still and maybe even more. :(